The top score in a standard game of Ten Pin Bowling is 300, the score obtained by bowling 12 strikes in a row.
Twelve repetitive motions. Can’t be that hard, can it? What the number doesn’t reveal is that bowling is lived in real time. The environment is changing constantly. Oil patterns change as a bowling game progresses. The humidity in the room may fluctuate changing the interaction of oil and ball rotation. Probably the bowlers themselves are the greatest variable as their energy and focus slide during the game play.
Bowling 12 strikes requires practice, development of skills, extended focus, ball control, lane condition analysis and sometimes a little luck. Humans do not excel naturally at such robotic-type repetitive motions. Like golf enthusiasts, chess players, tight rope walkers, bowlers have to maintain that focus for an extended period of time. The tension builds in the bowling center as nearby bowlers watch the march of X’s across the scoreboard. Finally, usually in silence, the 12th ball is thrown toward the waiting pins and….it’s a STRIKE! You have just joined Sunshine’s 300 Club and your name is added to the 300 Club Honors Roll.
300 Sunshine Club Honors Roll
|Date||Name||Competition||USBC Game||USBC Series|
|22-May-2016||Elbert JJ Lake||Sweeper||300|